We all have been hearing about “Obamacare” in the news lately, but here is something that doesn’t get reported hardly at all. One would think that the Affordable Care Act (AFA) would have nothing but health related subjects through-out it. Nothing could be further from the truth.
With everything else about Obamacare put aside, let’s take a look at how this relates to gun owners. The NRA has recently pointed out that in the ACA Title X starting on page 2,037, line 23, is the “Protection of Second Amendment Gun Rights” clause. Title X is put in place to limit the information that doctors can collect and report in relation to firearms. This restriction is actually already being argued about being taken out by certain senators.
The shooting in the Navy Yard has increased the call for control over the mentally ill and their access to guns. It is agreed that the mentally disturbed should not have readily access to a firearm. But the fact that this Title is being pushed to go away, makes the target on respectable gun owners become much bigger.
What can be done to protect the vulnerable from these dangerous “good guys?” The Second Amendment is probably untouchable. What the nation can do is to ramp up its observation of those who are mentally disturbed and also gun owners, and provide high-caliber mental health treatment for them. -Professor of Philosophy Thomas H. Thompson of the University of Northern Iowa
This is just a small avenue in which peaceable and responsible gun owners could be called into question about their ability to own a gun at all. If this small clause in Title X is removed like the Senate wants, than every doctor will be legally able to question and report the mental aptitude of gun ownership by law.
New York is well on its way to the very thing happening. The new law of NY State states that:
psychiatrists must report patients “who could potentially harm themselves or others.” If one of these patients owns a gun, it will be confiscated. This means a comprehensive data base, accessible by law-enforcement personnel and anyone else involved in doing background checks will have access to this data. The potential for abuse by the government and the collected data to be used against law abiding citizens is huge.
It would be well worth the time to call your state senator and tell them NOT to take out this clause, and to defend gun owners.